A Kid Named Thompson
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A Kid Named Thompson

San Antonio, Texas, United States | INDIE

San Antonio, Texas, United States | INDIE
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A Kid Named Thompson brings to the collective rock table a uniquely Texas-punk meets emo-core CD that delivers the goods. I Want to Wake Up features quality production and thoughtful lyrics backed by a three piece that sounds like they’ve been around, although I suspect these Texas kids are new to the rock game.

The lyrics have the polish that reflects the agility of an Xbox generation eager to add to the already crowded room that holds Emo bands in the highest regard. I distinctly hear the talent and agility, but I also hear reflections of Sunny Day Real Estate arm wrestling with Motion City Soundtrack in the back-stage parking lot at a Van’s Warped Tour show in SoCal.

AKNT leans heavily on the instinct of brothers Jonathan and Joshua Harter to hold down the rhythm section as vocalist/guitarist Marc Molina nails take after take. Passionate, driven lyrics tend to focus on youthful relationships and disagreements.

One of my favorite cuts is “For now.” I feel the disenchantment of post-friendship as Molina wails, “For Now we’ll count down all the hours, your sweet has turned to sour for now.” Crafty word play is what this record has going for it, as I must admit the music sounds faintly familiar.

The highlight is “Fiction & Photography.” It is here that the band hits their stride, coupling chimey, pretty guitar over stellar drum fills and intimate lyrics. The song breaks out into all out bashing and deeply troubled vocals as Molina sings “I thought you said you understood, I thought you said that this will never end, oh, tear up all your pictures knowing doubt of what you thought this meant to me!”

I can only say that sadness is universal and we’ve all been there at some point. At least AKNT has taken these emotions and focused it into a an honorable first release. – (7/10) - Nada Mucho


Discography

I Want To Wake Up - CD LP (2007)
Life Generally - CD EP (2009)
A Kid Named Thompson/Altus - Split 7" vinyl (2009)

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San Antonio, TX. – San Antonio born and bred, the all male trio, known to fans as A Kid Named Thompson, are rocking the local and regional pop/punk scene. Their music is fun, catchy and all original. Pleasuring fans in Texas and as far away as Brazil and Germany with their popular tunes, the group is releasing their latest CD "Life Generally" on January 18th. The trio is made up of brothers Jon and Josh Harter and guitar genius Marc Molina. The brothers make up an unbeatable rhythm section with Jon on drums and Josh on bass and lead vocals. Marc chimes in on several tunes and also adds unforgettable harmonies to create a sound unique and hard to forget. Once you've heard their music it stays with you.

When playing to a live audience, the performance is like no other. Fans are involved and enthusiastic. Crowds become part of the show as Josh displays his crazy antics bouncing from one end of the stage to the other. Fans shout and sing the words to the songs creating a vibe that energizes the room.

Proclaimed do it yourselfers, the group has written, recorded, promoted all of their music to include creating their own art work for tee-shirts and even doing the screen printing by hand. The Harter brothers also own their own record label - Batten Down Records. It's not hard to understand where they got the bug, having grown up in the studio, their family owns a local recording studio. The group also has a web site and My Space fan page where merchandise and music and be bought.

Last year A Kid Named Thompson was featured in a youth publication that reaches five million young people around the world. They won the feature article by being the most "listened to" band on the company's pod cast to its members. The band also recently performed before thousands of fans at the "Not So Silent Night" concert in Plano, Texas and the My Space music tour in San Antonio last summer with Say Anything, Young Love, Hello Goodbye, Sugar cult and the Pink Spiders.

Musical influences: The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Motion City Soundtrack

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